Debut writer will get the bunyip guide bug

Adam Duncan with preschoolers being bunyips within the Discovery Centre, Acton.

A NEW guide for kids launches on Friday on the Nationwide Museum of Australia, taking its place in a distinguished group line-up of bunyip books emanating from the nationwide capital.

“The Bunyip and the Stars” explores themes such because the significance of household bonds and connection to nation.

The debut guide for writer and Biripi man, Adam Duncan, who works as a visible artist, cultural schooling advisor and trainer at Wiradjuri Preschool on the College of Canberra.

It’s the first in a deliberate sequence of 5 image books impressed by the Nationwide Museum’s new immersive youngsters’ play area, the Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre, and has been revealed by Nationwide Museum of Australia Press.

Writer Duncan mentioned he had developed the guide utilizing First Nations oral storytelling traditions and the assistance of the kids from Wiradjuri Preschool and Youngster Care Centre..

An illustration from Soymilk Studio for “The Bunyip and the Stars”.

It’s an journey story that follows Ngariin (Massive Sister) as she searches for Wumbirr (Little Brother), who has been captured by the fearsome bunyip.

The guide is illuminated by means of 3D collage-style pictures by French-born illustrator Paul Lalo, co-founder of Melbourne animation boutique, Soymilk Studio, which developed the illustrations of the characters and animals discovered within the Discovery Centre.

The following within the five-book sequence, “How the Kangaroo Bought Its Pouch” by Rebecca Beetson, might be launched  in time for Christmas, with books three and 4 to observe in 2024 and guide 5 in a restricted field set in 2025.


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Ian Meikle, editor